A Critical Discourse Analysis of an Australian Incarcerated Trans Woman’s Letters of Complaint and Self-Advocacy

Halliwell, Sherree D. and du Plessis, Carol and Hickey, Andrew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9862-6444 and Gildersleeve, Jessica ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7694-5615 and Mullens, Amy B. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0939-9842 and Sanders, Tait and Clark, Kirsty A. and Hughto, Jaclyn M. W. and Debattista, Joseph and Phillips, Tania M. and Daken, Kirstie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3631-600X and Bromdal, Annette ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1307-1794 (2022) A Critical Discourse Analysis of an Australian Incarcerated Trans Woman’s Letters of Complaint and Self-Advocacy. Ethos, 50 (2). pp. 208-232. ISSN 0091-2131

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This case study provides a critical discourse analysis of 121 letters of complaint and self-advocacy authored by Natasha Keating, a trans woman incarcerated in two Australian male correctional facilities from 2000 to 2007. During her incarceration, Natasha experienced victimization, misgendering, microaggression, and institutional discrimination. Despite this, Natasha embodied and 'fought' against the injustices she experienced, whilst seeking to speak for other trans incarcerated persons also silenced and treated with indifference, contributing to changes in the carceral system. This original case study analyzes the discursive strategies Natasha employed to construct and reclaim an affirming self-identity through a deliberate campaign to effect social change and policy concessions within a system designed to curtail self-determination. Through her empathic and impassioned letter-writing approach, leveraging a military metaphor, this novel analysis showcases the significant implications her activism/agentism and determination had in naming and seeking to dismantle the systems of oppression trans incarcerated women experience.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2022 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2022 01:16
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 02:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: trans women; incarcerated; victimization; misgendering; microaggression; institutional discrimination
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440202 Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440105 Linguistic anthropology
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440508 Transgender studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230108 Gender and sexualities
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130202 Languages and linguistics
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230408 Rehabilitation and correctional services
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/etho.12343
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49282

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